Larissa C. answered 06/25/19
Experienced Bilingual Elementary, High- School & College tutor
Accents are super important in Spanish. It can change the meaning and tense of a word. For example, saying mamá is different than saying mama. Or saying papá (father) is different than saying papa (potatoes). It's basically telling you how to pronounce the word, as well. By seeing where the accent is, you know what syllable to stress. For example, "Él (he- if you don't put the accent, it's just 'el' and that would be a definate article: the) lo compró ayer." By using the accent on the o in "compró", you are stating it happened in the past, converting it into a past tense verb. So, accents are extremely important, which sometimes native speakers take for granted and don't include in their texts.
Adriana D.I am agreed completely with Larissa. The accents exist for a reason. They are there to be used not to be ignored. It is difficult to learn them ,But as you practice the language you will learn it very quick.